The couple’s first kiss as newlyweds
True love really knows no boundaries. John Banvard, a 95-year-old gay veteran of World War II, has tied the knot at a senior veteran’s home in California.
He married his boyfriend of 20 years, 67-year-old Gerard Nadeau, who served in Vietnam, on Thursday last week.
Fox 5 San Diego reported that the two lovebirds decided to have the ceremony at the Chula Vista home, where they have lived for the last three years.
In June the US Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to be legalised in California.
The newlyweds said that they had waited for the ruling before making their relationship legally binding.
The wedding was not welcomed by all residents of the home, however, admitted its Director Neal Asper.
“It’s been somewhat controversial,” said Asper. “I told them, they have the right to get married here just like everybody else.”
There were even threats to hold a boycott at the home supported by the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, but these never materialised
When ABC10 News asked the couple about the naysayers, Nadeau responded: “Oh, that’s their problem not mine, but you know what this will do, open the door for other people.”
“It was something we wanted to do for a long time,” said Banvard.
One resident told Fox5: “I just know that it’s against my faith and my religion, but as Americans they have a right to do what they want to do.”